Ms Patricia Parish

Ms Patricia Parish

Academic Program Advisor, Art Therapy,
Arts Therapy & Counselling

Lecturer, Art Therapy,
Arts Therapy & Counselling


Patricia Parish is a full-time lecturer and Academic Program Advisor for the Master of Art Therapy course at Western Sydney University. She has been teaching with this program since 2014. She holds qualifications in Psychology and Art Therapy.

Patricia has worked across Community Health and Educational sectors since 1996, as a counsellor and adult education teacher. Most recently, her practice has focussed on professional Careers Counselling in the university sector with students at Macquarie University, UTS and Western Sydney University since 2011. Prior to coming into university careers counselling, Patricia worked as a counsellor and adult educator with NSW Health and TAFE and has over 20 years combined experience in art therapy, counselling, adult education, careers education and service leadership roles.

Patricia specialises in one-to-one and group careers counselling programs that use art therapy methods to focus primarily on helping with career-anxiety, career decision-making, building confidence and fostering resilience. She has worked with university students, indigenous youth and school children using these methods.  Patricia has presented seminars at several conferences including ANZACATA, CDAA and NAGCAS, along with twice at the Western Sydney University Professional Staff Conference, in an effort to help educate professionals in the fields of both Art Therapy and Education to the benefits of using art therapy methods in a careers-focused higher education setting.

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  • MATherapy University of Western Sydney
  • BA University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) (2000)
  • Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) (2013)


  • Art Therapy
  • Career Development and Education
  • Counselling

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Arts Therapy & Counselling
  • Arts Therapy & Counselling



Location: EH.G.17

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • CART7004 Art Therapy: Approaches and Applications, 2022
  • CART7005 Art Therapy: Histories, Theories, Groups, 2022
  • HUMN7009 Critical and Creative Enquiry, 2022
  • WELF7008 Ethics and Diversity in Research and Therapy, 2022


Journal Articles

  • Reis, A., Saheb, R., Parish, P., Earl, A., Klupp, N. and Sperandei, S. (2021), 'How I cope at university : self-directed stress management strategies of Australian students', Stress and Health, vol 37, no 5 , pp 1010 - 1025.

Patricia is currently undertaking a Master of Research with a focus on how art therapy can enhance the higher education experience, leading to greater confidence and reslience in career decision-making and transitioning to graduate employment.

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